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As many of you know there is a "Freedom Ride" scheduled in Waco on Sunday.
State and regional leadership have been in conversation with the TCOC&I and
the COC has issued a statement that they are NOT supporting the ride as it
is being publicized as a protest. They
are advising clubs, independents, and the general public to refrain from a
protest in Waco.
I’m quite sure there will be a lot of our members attending the event to
show support for our fellow bikers; additionally calling attention to our
civil liberties, which have been challenged.
If any of our PGR members plan on attending, any and all PGR patches,
stickers and banners need to be covered or removed - the media will be
focusing on all who will be there and equating everyone to a "gang".
PGR patches do not belong to any gang, MC, or any one association –
the PGR belongs to our roes and their families. All it will take is
one family member or military personnel to see the PGR as a protest group to
associate us with some type of "biker gang" and decide not to allow the PGR
to attend a service based on one individual’s actions.
This could set us back years from all the hard work we have done to
establish the Patriot Guard Riders as an exemplary, honorable organization
that does the right thing each and every day. We honor and respect our
fallen; we do not protest.
The Patriot Guard has made tremendous gains in the eye of the public over
the last few weeks in lieu of the fiasco last month and I would personally
like to thank each and every one of you for the professionalism that’s been
While we support everyone's rights to assembly, association, and support of
fellow bikers, it is very important that we protect the image of the Patriot
This is not about limiting your rights, it is about protecting the rights
of every member of the Patriot Guard.
Code of Conduct for PGR Members
As a PGR Member:
adhere to the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) mission and vision statements, and
incorporate the principles contained therein into all my actions as a PGR
I will treat other PGR members with the same dignity and
respect I would expect for myself.
I will remember that my PGR
membership role is a position of responsibility to those we serve.
will do everything in my power to demonstrate to Gold and Blue Star
families, and families of veterans and home-front first-responders that the
PGR honors them for the service and sacrifice of their loved ones. This is
extended to activities honoring living individuals and units of these
organizations. I will remember that our mission to honor these families and
their wishes is my main priority as a PGR member.
I recognize that my
interactions with law-enforcement, government officials and the military
reflect on the entire Patriot Guard Riders organization and can have
far-reaching implications for those relationships in other areas. I will act
accordingly, respecting the protocols and regulations of those agencies.
In any interaction with the media and general public, I will avoid
actions or communications which would negatively impact the reputation of
good will toward the PGR. This includes actions which could present the
appearance of political activism on behalf of PGR. The PGR is a
non-political organization. I agree to maintain a strict non-political
stance when representing the PGR in any capacity.
Patriot Guard Riders affirms support of and adherence to the
policies of the Government of United States, to provide equal opportunity in
all programs, and activities for all members, regardless of their race,
color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation,
parental status, and genetic information.
The PGR strongly believes
in an inclusive, volunteer environment that utilizes and values the unique
qualities of our diverse membership. Capitalizing on the full potential of
our diverse human capital and respecting the uniqueness and differences in
cultures and values is fundamental to our success.
The PGR is
committed to preventing and correcting harassment in ALL forms of
communications with our Members, soldiers and their families we serve, and
any entity with whom our organization must work.
defined as unwelcome conduct that interferes with any official PGR position,
work, or performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive
environment. Examples of behaviors that may be forms of harassment include,
but are not limited to, unwelcome physical contact, stalking, obscene
gestures or sounds, slurs, and posting of written or graphic material that
denigrates or shows hostility toward an individual or group. Key factors of
harassment under federal law are the severity and frequency of the
misconduct. An isolated incident may not rise to the level of illegal
Harassment by anyone in the PGR is prohibited. All
members are encouraged to report incidents of alleged harassment
immediately. Swift, thorough and impartial investigation of harassment
allegations will be conducted and appropriate action will be taken.
The PGR Board of Directors wishes to strongly emphasize that it is the
responsibility of each and every member of the PGR to always promote and
engage in practices free of discrimination and harassment, and to ensure
that the doors of justice, equality, opportunity, and inclusion are open to
This Code of Conduct is applicable to activities or
communications occurring on the PGR web site, forums and in mission staging
areas, during PGR missions, events, or gatherings under the PGR name as well
as member to member communication and/or contact when it is apparent that
said contact was initiated because of PGR activities.
Enforcement: Failure to comply with the above Code of Conduct and/or the
Harassment Policy may be grounds for removal as a member.
If anyone has any questions they can contact me directly via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or phone 281-728-4172
Bobby "kawabob" Stroka
Texas Patriot Guard Riders
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